Tuesday evening sees Liverpool take on Red Bull Salzburg in a game that will either see Jürgen Klopp’s men drop into the Europa League or progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League. It is a fixture of the utmost magnitude, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain simply has to start against RB Salzburg.
Over the summer Liverpool refused to delve deep into the transfer market, only youth prospects and backup keepers were brought in. When quizzed on his transfer policy, Jürgen Klopp insisted that The Ox would feel like a “new signing” when he was back in the side. The gaffer has been proved right in recent weeks.
Since stepping back into the side Oxlade-Chamberlain has netted five times, bagging again against Bournemouth at the weekend. He has been particularly impressive in the Champions League, scoring three goals in three games.
RB Salzburg are likely to attack Liverpool from the off. The Austrian champions don’t hold back, they are a free scoring side but they are also leaky in defence. Jürgen Klopp learned this for himself when the two sides played out an epic 4-3 game in October.
With the Austrians set to try and blitz the Reds, we need players on the pitch that are useful on the counter. We will be able to his the hosts on the break, we can rely on The Ox to take up good positions and work his socks off to get up the pitch in a hurry. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has to start against RB Salzburg because he has a goal in him and there most certainly will be chances.
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This is a crucial game for Liverpool, we cannot afford to play a defensive midfield three – the likelihood is that we will have to score at some point, we will need a dynamic man in the middle to do so – we need Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to start against RB Salzburg.